INDIANAPOLIS – If you believe Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, he isn't spending his days or nights reliving his team's collapse against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.
After first stating the obvious, that blowing a 12-point lead in the final minutes and losing in overtime, was hard for everyone in the organization, Thompson tried to send a message.
"We're done with that," Thompson said this week at the NFL scouting combine. "I appreciate the question, but we're not going to lie in that too much longer. We're moving on."
It was similar to the dispatch coach Mike McCarthy sent out in his season wrap-up news conference last month, when he said "the 2015 football team will not bear the burden of what happened in 2014."
On the other side of that game was Thompson's counterpart, Seahawks general manager John Schneider, who said he was preparing his concession speech during the final minutes of the NFC title game.
"It was really intense because I was preparing for what I was going to say to all the players and coaches because it looked like our season was over," Schneider said at the combine. "So I was getting myself mentally prepared for that, and things just kind of started steamrolling and there were like four minutes left in the game … just preparing for how you're going to address everybody in the organization moving forward because it would have been a devastating loss at home like that."
It turned out Schneider would have to give a similar speech two weeks later after the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots.
"When you wake up in the morning you think about it, absolutely," Schneider said. "I think it's something that will stick with us forever and keep driving us toward excellence."
And that's how McCarthy is looking at things, too.
"It never totally goes away," McCarthy said. "I still think of the '07 championship game. There's thing that remind you of plays and there's things that remind you of games. There's places, there's a picture you have of somebody that reminds you of a game.
"And I'll tell Schneider when we go to dinner Saturday that he needs to know that he's not going to wake up one day and it's gone. It doesn't happen. I think we all wake up at night. I know I wake up at night still thinking about plays all the time."